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The Wichita Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir of approximately 16 men and 16 women, recognized as the premier adult choral ensemble of Wichita and the surrounding region.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Mariana Farah from the School of Music, University of Kansas, will be our Interim Conductor for the 2019-2020 season.
The mission of the Wichita Chamber Chorale is to champion significant choral music and perform it at the highest national standards, foster music education in our communities, and contribute to the quality of the cultural life of Wichita and the state of Kansas.
Artistic Director & Conductor position is open
Wichita Chamber Chorale 2019-2020 Season
“We Remember” 3:00 pm, Sunday November 17, 2019, First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway, Wichita KS
The inspiring words from Ingrid Stölzel’s work, “May We All be Creators, and Priests, and Nurses, and Heroes,” capture the essence of our Fall 2019 program. Our November concert will remember, honor, and celebrate the many heroes living among us. The beautiful and emotional Requiem by Gabriel Fauré will serve as the central masterpiece offering solace and comfort to all who mourn the loss of loved ones. In the second half of the program, the music by American composers Rollo Dilworth, André J Thomas, and Stephen Paulus will encourage us to celebrate “every face, every voice, and every memory,” of the caring individuals who rise up to help others and greatly impact our everyday lives. (Lyric quotations from Light the World by I. Stolzel and The Road Home by S. Paulus)
One Performance Only
“We Dream” 3:00 pm, Sunday March 29, 2020, East Heights United Methodist Church 4407 E Douglas, Wichita
One Performance Only
Dreams have long inspired great poetry and music. The flow of inspiration continues into our time, indeed into this season of Spring and its message of renewal and rebirth. Like dreams, our program is woven of memory, vision, imagination, and aspirations expressed through beautiful words and sounds. Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ powerful Trinity Te Deum will set the tone for how the tradition of ceremonial music can be re-imagined. This jubilant piece is accompanied by brass, percussion, harp, & organ. By contrast, his intimate setting of Only in Sleep will more quietly describe poet Sara Teasdale’s nostalgic vision of childhood, re-experienced through dreams. Plans are also being made to continue our Choral Partnership Program with a performance by Derby North Middle School.
“Cabaret”, An evening of Broadway and popular tunes, Tuesday June 2, 2020. Prairie Pines Playhouse, 4055 N Tyler Rd, Maize KS 67101. Doors open at 6:30 pm, music begins at 7:00 pm.
The Wichita Chamber Chorale has a special Endowment account which was opened in the Spring of 2019 and is managed by the Wichita Community Foundation. A small percentage of the Fund will be used annually for special programming and other artistic needs after the Fund balance reaches $50,000. Come help us grow our legacy with now over 40 years of championing excellence in choral music, choral education, and performance in Wichita and the surrounding region.
Click on this button below which leads you to the donor page for the Wichita Community Foundation. Then click on ‘Other Fund’ at the bottom of the list of their Donor options. The fund’s name is “Wichita Chamber Chorale Inc. Endowment Fund.” Thank you!
Mariana Farah is the associate director of choral activities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches courses in graduate choral literature and conducting, directs the KU Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, and helps oversee all aspects of the choral program. Born in Brazil, Farah received her Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and her DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her choirs have successfully performed at the Missouri and Kansas Music Educators Association conventions and at the 2008 and 2018 Southwestern ACDA conferences.
Farah’s research focuses on Brazilian choral music, particularly the a cappella choral works of Ernani Aguiar (b.1950). Her edition of Aguiar’s Três Motetinos No.2 has been published by Earthsongs, and she expects to introduce more of his music to the United States through performances, recordings, editions, and future publications of his unknown choral literature. In addition to her work at KU, Farah maintains an active schedule as a clinician for festivals in Brazil and in the U.S., where she is often sought out for her expertise in Brazilian choral music. She has presented at several conferences for the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Recent engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2018 Southwestern ACDA conference, 2016 and 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association conventions, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Festival de Música de Londrina, Adams State Honor Choir Festival, 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and 2014 Idaho All-State Treble Choir.
Prior to her appointment at KU, Farah served as the director of choral activities at Indiana University Southeast. She is currently the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence where she directs the Chancel Choir and oversees a thriving music program. Farah serves as the R&R Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the ACDA Southwestern Division and as a national board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She is also a singer with the Kansas City Te Deum Chamber Choir.